THE CROW Reboot May Lose Luke Evans

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Can we just accept at this point that maybe there shouldn’t a reboot of The Crow?  The comic book was previously adapted in 1994, and follows a young rock musician who comes back to avenge his and fiancée’s murder.  This requires him to dress like a goth for some reason.  The reboot has burned through the following directors: Stephen Norrington, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, and F. Javier Gutierrez; yesterday Corin Hardy stepped into the director’s chair, and we’ll see how long he lasts.  As for the lead role, it had Bradley Cooper at one point, but he dropped out, and they courted Channing Tatum, Mark Wahlberg, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, and Alexander Skarsgard before settling on Luke Evans well over a year go.

Except now it looks like Evans may be leaving the project.  Hit the jump for more.

THE CROW Remake Gets a New Director in Corin Hardy

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The Crow remake is still alive and kicking, and now it has a new director…again.  Relativity Studios has been developing a new adaptation of the James O’Barr graphic novel for some time now, initially setting Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct, followed by J. Javier Gutierrez when he dropped out.  A number of actors have been linked to the project over the years, from Bradley Cooper to Tom Hiddleston to James McAvoy.  Nearly two years ago, with Gutierrez attached to direct, the studio finally signed Luke Evans as the new lead.  Word has been quiet on the project as of late, but now we have confirmation that it is indeed still in the works, albeit with another new director: Corin Hardy.  Hit the jump for more, including the immensely talented filmmaker who suggested Hardy for the job.

Comic Creator James O’Barr Shares New Details on THE CROW; It’s a New Adaptation of the Comic, Not a Remake of the Movie

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Should there be a remake of Alex ProyasThe Crow?  Does anyone even want one?  The film’s been in the works for years now, so we’ve been mulling over those question for quite some time, but now the man who created it all, James O’Barr, the artist behind the comic, is assuring fans this new version will do the source material justice and respect the legacy of Brandon Lee and the 1994 film as well.

In fact, the rendition starring Luke Evans isn’t even a remake of Proyas’ movie; it’s a new adaptation of the comic book.  And Evans won’t be playing Eric Draven in the new film either, but rather, Eric, just like in O’Barr’s original work.  Hit the jump for more on the new The Crow.

THE CROW Remake Aims to Start Shooting Next Year, Luke Evans Still Attached

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This remake refuses to really go away.  I really liked Alex Proyas‘ take on The Crow back when it came out in 1994, but the film and the accompanying material are just so much of that time that it’s difficult to see how it would work as well today.  I think back to that movie and I think of Nine Inch Nails, Thrill Kill Kult, the death of Brandon Lee and the catchphrase, “it can’t rain all the time.”  I don’t think back to the film’s quality, which was patchwork at best (Proyas would do better work later on).

Maybe that’s where this remake could make some improvements.  If they could find another, more relevant, cultural signpost than mainstream 90′s goth and make a more consistent film, then it might be worth it.  Producer Ed Pressman is certainly trying to make it happen.  Hit the jump for more on The Crow remake.


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With Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arriving on Blu-ray tomorrow, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Luke Evans (he plays Bard the Bowman).   As most of you know, the film continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth.  Smaug introduces a host of other new characters like the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom).

During the interview Evans talked about his experiences being part of The Hobbit movies, deleted scenes, doing additional photography for the Battle of the Five Armies (which takes place in The Hobbit: There and Back Again), having young fans recognize him, and more.  Evans also talked about Dracula: Untold, The Crow remake, his thoughts on an Immortals sequel, wanting to direct, and what props he’s kept.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

THE CROW Creator James O’Barr to Consult on Upcoming Reboot; Will Appear at Comic-Con with Director F. Javier Gutierrez

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After shuffling through directors and trying to find a lead actor, the reboot of The Crow might finally have some momentum.  A couple months ago, Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) signed on to play the lead in F. Javier Guiterrez’ film and Relativity Media scheduled shooting to begin early next year.  Today, Variety reports that the studio has taken another step forward in boosting the property by bringing on creator James O’ Barr to consult on the project.  O’Barr wrote the original graphic novel, which is about a rock star named Draven who is brutally murdered alongside his fiancée by a group of thugs.  A year later, after a crow taps on Draven’s grave, he is resurrected, and seeks revenge on his killers.  The 1994 adaptation became a cult hit but star Brandon Lee was accidentally killed during filming.  Barr said in a statement about the upcoming reboot, “I believe that this movie will stand alongside Brandon and his film as a valid work of art, and I look forward to collaborating on the project.”

Variety also reports that Gutierrez and O’Barr will be on hand at this year’s Comic-Con to promote the film, although where and on what day is currently unknown.

THE CROW Looking to Fly into Production With Luke Evans as New Lead

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After studio lawsuits, and a great deal of rumors and fallout with various actors, the Welsh actor Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) has taken the lead in director F. Javier Gutierrez’s (Before the Fall) upcoming remake of The Crow.  As we previously reported, actors Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), and James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) were all rumored for the role, but it looks like it’s Evan who will ultimately be starring.  Allegedly, Evans was originally courted for the lead, but at the time he was unable to commit due to his busy schedule.  The actor is currently signed on, however, now that Relativity Media has agreed to push back the start date to early next year.  Hit the jump for more details on Evans and his role in the film.

Sam Worthington Joins THE KEEPING ROOM; Alexander Skarsgard Up for THE CROW?

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this evening.  First up, Deadline reports that Sam Worthington has joined the cast of the Civil War drama The Keeping Room.  Set in the final days of the Civil War, the story centers on three southern women—two sisters and one African American slave—who are forced to defend their home against an onslaught of soldiers who have broken off from the approaching Union Army.  Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Nicole Beharie (Shame) are set to star as the female leads, with Marling filling the elder sister role that was previously occupied by Olivia Wilde.

Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) is directing from a script by Julia Hart, and production is set to get underway in June.  Details regarding Worthington’s character aren’t given, but the actor most recently wrapped David Ayer’s thriller Ten.  Hit the jump to find out who may be toplining the remake of The Crow instead of Tom Hiddleston.

Tom Hiddleston in Early Talks for THE CROW Remake

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When he’s not antagonizing The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston might become a dark avenger himself in the remake of The Crow.  Reports have Hiddleston in early talks to star as Eric Draven, a resurrected murder victim who rises from the grave a year after his death in order to exact revenge on the thugs who killed him and his fiance.  The 1994 cult classic directed by Alex Proyas starred Brandon Lee in the title role and was based on a James O’Barr comic series.  Director F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) is helming from a script by Cliff Dorfman (Warrior) and expects to start production this fall.  Hit the jump for more.

James McAvoy Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, THE CROW Reboot, and WANTED 2

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James McAvoy is currently doing press for his upcoming British crime-thriller Welcome to the Punch, and he was asked about a few franchise films.  The biggest question, naturally, was about X-Men: Days of Future Past.  McAvoy said he hadn’t read the script yet (he signed on for multiple movies, so it doesn’t matter if he’s read the screenplay yet or not) because he’s busy doing Macbeth on London’s West End.  However, he says he “honestly can’t wait to read it and find out what I’m doing, but I’ve just got no time right now.”  Spoiler alert: He’s going to put his index finger and his middle finger to his forehead when using telepathy.  But when he finds out that Professor X has joined a murderball league, that’s when things are going to get interesting.

Hit the jump for what McAvoy had to say about his involvement in The Crow reboot and the status on Wanted 2.

Rumor: James McAvoy May Star in F. Javier Gutierrez’s Remake of THE CROW

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The Crow has not had a pleasant relationship with the big screen.  Based on James O’Barr‘s comic book series about a man coming back from the dead to avenge his fiancée’s murder, Alex Proyas‘ 1994 adaptation was a hit, but it also resulted in the death of star Brandon Lee, who died from an injury he sustained during filming.   There were three sequels plus a short-lived TV series with different actors playing The Crow.  Now according to Bloody Disgusting, James McAvoy may follow in the goth footsteps of Lee, Vincent Pérez, Mark Dacascos, Eric Mabius, and Edward Furlong.

Hit the jump for more.

THE CROW Reboot Gets New Director F. Javier Gutierrez and Scribe Jesse Wigutow

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Just a day after bringing you the news that The Crow reboot was back on track after The Weinstein Company and Relativity Media settled their respective lawsuits, it looks like the project has a new director and scribe. F. Javier Gutierrez has apparently been tapped to direct and Jesse Wigutow is reportedly making a deal to write the script for the Relativity Media picture. We reported on Gutierrez (Before the Fall) as a possibility back in October, but Wigutow isn’t exactly a household name. He’s set up the war film Irreparable Harm for HBO Films and did a rewrite for Summit’s The Osterman Weekend, itself a reboot for the 1983 Sam Peckinpah-directed adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel by the same name. As the reboot for The Crow is currently in development, Relativity plans to announce casting, production dates and targeted release dates in the coming weeks. Hit the jump for more.

Lawsuit Over THE CROW Settled; Reboot to Move Forward

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The reboot that no one is asking for looks like it may be moving forward. A revisiting of director Alex Proyas’ 1994 Miramax picture, The Crow, was previously in the works through Relativity Media. Since the Weinsteins distributed the original through Miramax and had contracts claiming ownership of all rights to The Crow, they filed suit against Relativity seeking “injunctive relief,” ie ceasing all The Crow-related production. Not to be intimidated, Relativity fired counter-claims.

Things haven’t gone particularly well for the reboot as directors have come and gone, writers have signed on and then dropped out, and principal actors have been offered roles but have ultimately left the project. In short, it’s been a mess. One bright spot in production is that both sides of the lawsuit have settled amicably. While the good news is that this brings The Crow reboot closer to reality, the bad news is that this brings The Crow reboot closer to reality. Hit the jump to read the press release.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Drops Out of Directing THE CROW Reboot

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Maybe this whole thing just isn’t meant to be. Merely a couple months after losing its star Bradley Cooper, The Crow reboot is now without a director. Twitch reports that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) has now dropped out of the project, after originally taking over for director Stephen Norrington. This news doesn’t come as a huge shock, as just a couple weeks ago Fresnadillo was confirmed as the director of the Highlander reboot that Justin Lin vacated, with production on that film slated to begin next Spring.

Plot details on The Crow reboot are thin, but Fresnadillo was working from a script by Watchmen co-scribe Alex Tse. The goal was to reboot James O’Barr’s Eric Draven character for modern audiences for whom Brandon Lee’s 1994 turn is apparently insufficient. Twitch’s report states that the hunt is now on for a replacement director, with F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) being floated as a possibility. Personally, I think the filmmakers should take this as a sign that an unnecessary reboot of The Crow is, in fact, unnecessary. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for Alex Proyas’ 1994 iteration.

Bradley Cooper Leaves THE CROW Remake; Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum Emerge as Possible Replacements

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Scheduling conflicts have reportedly forced Bradley Cooper to leave director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s (28 Weeks Later) remake of The Crow. Cooper had previously been in negotiations to reprise the late Brandon Lee’s turn as iconic gothic character Eric Draven. However, it looks as if his involvement in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings and Legendary Pictures’ Paradise Lost has cramped his schedule to the point that he has exited Relativity’s reboot of James O’Barr’s 1990s comic.

With Cooper off of the grid, it’s being reported that Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum have stepped up to the plate as potential candidates for the part. You may remember that Wahlberg was offered the role of Draven back in October 2010, when Stephen Norrington was attached to direct the remake. That offer never gained much traction and, before long, Norrington had moved on as well. As for Tatum, this is the first time his name has been associated with the role and, in all honesty, I’m hoping it is the last. Hit the jump for a little more on the potential candidates and the project as a whole.

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